"America's secession from objective reality." When I read them, those words seared into my mind. That is, indeed, the path the American people have been on virtually since the US Supreme Court threw the 2000 elections to George w. Bush.
The phrase was crafted by the Miami Herald's Leonard Pitts Jr. in an op-ed he wrote about of all people, FOX News chairman Roger Ailes. There's a lot of speculation that Ailes may be in trouble for allegedly counselling former publishing whiz Judith Regan to lie to federal investigators vetting former New York Police commissioner Bernard Kerik. He was Bush's pick to become Homeland Security director and Ailes, apparently, wanted Regan to dummy up about her affair with Kerik which, apparently, she did.
What gets under Pitts' skin is one Barry Ritholtz, a financial analyst, author and TV commentator who, on his blog, is said to have reported that Ailes is to be indicted over the Regan business. When pressed for a source, Ritholtz said he heard it from an older man, an "upper East Side Democrat" he ran into at an airport. When Salon.com pushed Ritholtz further he glibly replied, “If it’s true we’ll find out. If it’s not, no big deal.”